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Welcome New Leader - Stephen McNair

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, July 6, 2018

Steven McNair
Stephen McNair
SAIC
Alabama LUG Leader

Vivit is pleased to have Stephen McNair join as a co-leader of the Alabama Local User Group. Stephen is a Lead Test Automation Engineer (TAE) at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He has over 14 years of comprehensive business/technical skills and knowledge in software quality assurance, test management/strategy, test automation, performance and load testing, agile project management and Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Since 2006, he has worked as a contractor at the NASA Agency Applications Office in Huntsville, AL. As the lead TAE on the Quality Assurance team, he’s at the forefront of strategic discussions and implementations related to new automation initiatives, innovations, and process improvements. He also provides guidance, training, and mentoring to internal test automation team members. Stephen also spends much of his time developing tests using tools such as Unified Functional Testing, LoadRunner, and Quality Center.

Stephen is excited to take on the leadership role with his co-leader, Darren Hileman so together they can continue the growth and momentum of Vivit’s newest LUG in Alabama.

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Arizona LUG Gathers at Topgolf

Posted By Mark Herbert, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018


by Mark Herbert
Arizona LUG Leader

Last month, the Vivit Arizona Local User Group gathered at Topgolf in Scottsdale. Greenlight Group and Orasi hosted the event. They were excited to show Vivit members the latest offerings and updates from Micro Focus, and announced at this year’s software Summits!

From the IT Operations Management Summit, Greenlight Group delivered a presentation on Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM). HCM delivers DevOps-driven hybrid and multicloud management, application release automation, end-to-end orchestration, along with cloud service brokering and governance. HCM allows you to quickly design, provision, and orchestrate cloud services utilizing cloud analytics, capacity planning, and showback. HCM enables your team to provide anything as a service through platform as a service (PaaS), database as a service (DBaaS), and anything as a service (XaaS) capabilities.


From the Application Development Management Summit Micro Focus delivered a presentation of how we can deliver speed and quality at scale with Micro Focus' next generation of solutions, ALM Octane, StormRunner Load and StormRunner Functional.

After the presentations we networked over food, drinks, and of course golf! One lucky attendee (Randy Wong of Honeywell) won our door prize (an Amazon Echo)! It was an informative and fun evening! We look forward to our next event!

If you haven’t joined your local user group through Vivit, be sure to do it today!

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SIG News - July 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018
The Vivit Leader for your Mobile SIG is:

Ajay Pandey
Arthrex

The Vivit Mobile SIG brings Mobile expertise, training and advocacy to the Micro Focus user community. In this manner, Micro Focus’ user community will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Mobile in general and an understanding of how Mobile will enhance their return on investments made in the Micro Focus software solutions.

As we build this community, please feel free to share your ideas or comments with me, Ajay Pandey, your SIG leader. We welcome other users to share their experiences with Mobile Center so we can all learn from each other. A webinar that will share the vision for Mobile leveraging Micro Focus’ capabilities is currently being finalized. I invite you to join our Mobile SIG today!

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Vivit's June Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.


SIG Talk – IT Operations
Chip Sutton
EView Technology
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Brian Bowden
Greenlight Group
 
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Jay Batson
Greenlight Group
London Meetup Event
Richard Bishop
Lloyds Banking Group
   
Arizona LUG Event
Joe Madden
Greenlight Group
Arizona LUG Event
Mark Herbert
Dignity Health
 
London Meetup Event
Jonathon Wright
Digital Assured

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Vivit Announces 2018 EMEA Partner of the Year

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 11, 2018
Congratulations profi.com AG - Vivit Worldwide 2018 EMEA Partner of the Year!
Jonathon Wright, Advocacy Chair on the Vivit Board of Directors, presented Jan-Erik Senf, profi.com Key Account Manager, with the Vivit Worldwide EMEA Partner of the Year award for 2018.

Vivit has a history of rewarding companies and people who are great supporters of the community and who contribute extensively by organizing activities, sharing their knowledge with fellow members, and encouraging participation by other parties.

We had the privilege to announce the 2018 Vivit EMEA Partner of the Year award at the Open Horizons Summit in Berlin. This Micro Focus channel partner event allowed Vivit to present this award in person to profi.com AG at the awards ceremony. Vivit recognizes the efforts of a Micro Focus Legacy Partner who has gone above and beyond to grow and build the Vivit community in EMEA.

profi.com AG is a leading expert in IT Quality Management and Cloud Automation. As a Micro Focus platinum partner, their policy is to support its customers from the very beginning of their IT optimization processes. profi.com AG concentrates mainly on German speaking countries and works with both large and small companies. With over 75 flexible and motivated employees, they guarantee innovative and highly sophisticated quality management at the respective project sites. "WE MAKE IT WORK" is more than just their slogan, it is their guiding principle.

profi.com AG has encouraged their employees to volunteer their time in several ways:

  • Speak and Moderate at both local and virtual meetings
  • Serve as a Vivit Leader for Special Interest Groups and Local User Groups
  • Act as a Vivit representative at Micro Focus events, summits, forums, and conferences.
Left to Right: Vivit Board Director Jonathan Wright, Vivit Engagement Director Stephanie Konkoy, and Vivit Leader Carsten Neise.

One example of a dedicated volunteer from profi.com is Carsten Neise, Managing IT Consultant. profi.com AG has supported Carsten in serving as a Vivit Leader since September 2015. Carsten worked with other leaders in Germany to organize local and virtual events, and he started with events for the Germany Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Group and helped organize meetings in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. Working with Micro Focus Senior Principal Business Consultant, Dirk Hedderich and others, Carsten continues to share the latest information about Micro Focus tools with Vivit members in Germany.

Since one of Carsten’s focuses is on Performance Testing, he noticed there was a demand for sharing knowledge about this topic and worked with Vivit to start a new local Special Interest Group for Performance Engineering in 2017. This TQA SIG recently held a meeting at the profi.com AG office in Berlin. Thank you to CTO, Thomas Jähnig, who also dedicates his time and office space for Carsten to organize these Vivit meetings. profi.com AG has allowed employees to volunteer at the Vivit booth at the Discover conference in London, serve as moderators on several webinars, contribute as speakers on Vivit Quarterly Leader Meetings, and write blogs for the Vivit website about the events that they represent and attend.

profi.com also extended the community in Germany and honors special thanks to Dr. Andreas Birk (SWPM), who is always managing the overall Vivit affairs in an excellent manner. Secondly, profi.com wants to thank Mr. Michael Thiere (SQS) with whom they are collaborating in the Vivit group north/east. Special mention also goes to Marcus Seyfert (Sogeti) who is helping in the Performance Engineering group. Last but not least, profi.com says thank you to Mrs. Annemarie Stuiver of Vivit because she is always a very good voice and helps direct efforts with the Vivit staff. All these factors result in setting up a very connected community in Germany.

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Welcome New Leader - Dan Shallenberger

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dan Shallenberger
Dan Shallenberger
GreenLight Group

Dan Shallenberger is an IT expert with broad experience across the IT Operations Management (ITOM) space. Dan began his career in IT as a tools admin in charge of both monitoring and ITSM tools. Since joining GreenLight Group he has become a respected member of the ITOM community by expertly advising both customers and vendors alike on both cloud (AWS) and on-premise technologies. Through his deep understanding of technologies and ability to learn quickly, Dan also specializes in building and deploying integrations using a wide array of protocols and scripting languages. He has designed, tailored, tested, and implemented solutions for both large Fortune 500 and smaller regional organizations for the purpose of increased productivity, matured processes, and fewer outages.

Dan is excited to lead the active Minnesota Local User Group for Vivit!

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Vivit Takes Action to Ensure GDPR Compliance

Posted By Mark Ford, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2018

 

 

By Mark Ford
Vivit Board Director/Community Chair

How did you celebrate GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Compliance Day? If you reside in the EU, then you likely participated in an email blitz of opt-in requests from various organizations. Perhaps you even took advantage of this opportunity to remove yourself from a few mailing lists. Folks outside of the EU were included in the GDPR party as well with many receiving an unexpected barrage of Privacy Policy updates and acknowledgement requests. There was a lot of activity leading up to the May 25th GDPR compliance deadline, so what did Vivit end up doing to ensure compliance?

Vivit took advantage of this opportunity to perform a reassessment of the data we collect from Vivit members and how we communicate our usage of that data. This enabled us to brush up our Privacy Policy to fully outline this important piece of information. We also realized that our Privacy Policy was not easy to locate so we updated the Vivit website to provide a link in the following places:

  • On the initial new member registration page
  • On the About Vivit page
  • In the Quick Links section located on the footer of every Vivit web page

We felt it was important to have this document easily accessible since it outlines the data we collect, who has access to that data, and how we use it. Don’t worry, we won’t sell or misuse your data in any way – guaranteed – it’s all there in our Privacy Policy.

We also took advantage of this opportunity to make the following updates as well:

  • Removed several optional fields from your Vivit member profile that we don’t even use like business address, website, fax number, home address
  • Updated our website’s new member registration process to require opt-in approval for a Welcome email with a link at the end of the registration process to opt-out of any Vivit communications if desired (anyone can adjust their communication preferences at any time from their Vivit member profile)
  • Created a new Data Protection Policy to reflect how we keep your data secure
  • Updated our Leader Affiliation Agreement to reflect guidelines set forth by GDPR (more info on that to come)

We also emailed all of our Vivit members living in the EU to ensure they wanted to continue to be a Vivit member. Many reconfirmed their membership and some took the opportunity to cancel or opt-out of further communications. We also did some clean up with our membership database and feel that we are now in an even better position to be good stewards of your data. Thank you for your assistance and patience during this process. I think we’ll all benefit from the improved focus and attention that GDPR brings to data privacy and security.

Tags:  GDPR 

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Vivit's May Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.


SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Ricardo Garza
Emerging Technologies Softtek
Chicago LUG Event
Mihai Grigorescu
Accenture
 
Alabama LUG Event
Darren Hileman
NASA
SIG Talk – IT Operations
Nels Hoening
PNM Resources
   
Colorado LUG Event
Joe Madden
Greenlight Group
Chicago LUG Event
Ameet Patil
Patson USA, Inc.
   
Chicago LUG Event
Kulvinder Singh
Accenture
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Ramesh Subramaniam
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
   
Quarterly Leader Meeting
Chris Trimper
Independent Health
SIG Talk – IT Operations
Bogdan Vosnjak
S & T Slovenija d.d.
 
Alabama LUG Event
Brent Westwood
Southern Company

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SIG News - June 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Vivit Leader for the Software Education SIG

Chris Trimper
Independent Health

The Vivit Software Education SIG focuses on education and training for the Micro Focus software community. The mission of the SIG is to provide a forum to:

  • Discuss experiences related to user adoption of the software solutions by sharing success stories and challenges that may help the group
  • Exchange knowledge and ideas around industry best practices and trends in education and share insights within the group on what is working/what is not from a technology stack perspective
  • Provide corporate updates to members on general training news out of Micro Focus such as new course releases and recommended free online learning

Members and non-members alike have probably seen many changes over the past few months at Micro Focus, including the new education portal at www.microfocus.com/educationservices. At this time, our emphasis will continue to be around the solutions that came across with the HPE software merger, but over time, we plan to expand our scope to include solutions from the original Micro Focus stack in this SIG.

You’ll be seeing us adopting a new name over the next few months. Micro Focus is a pure play software company – one of the largest in the world. So we no longer need to clarify “software” education. The internal Micro Focus team is transitioning their name to “Education and Training”, and so the SIG will be following with that change in the future.

Look for informative webinars coming soon from this newly engaged Special Interest Group. Remember, your software is only as powerful as those who use it; Education and Training matter!

Tags:  education  training 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Brent Westwood

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Brent Westwood
Southern Company
 

Our newest Vivit Local User Group, the Alabama LUG, recently held their second meeting in Birmingham at the Alabama Power Headquarters. Thanks to our leader Darren Hileman for coordinating and also to our host Brent Westwood from Southern Company.

Brent went above and beyond to ensure the success of this User Group meeting by reserving the conference room, handling all the visitor logistics, internally promoting the event, and even sharing in depth the framework that his company uses for automated testing of their websites.

A little bit about Brent: He started his career as an application developer where he developed Visual Basic applications, COM objects, and ASP web applications (one major application has been used at Southern Company since 2001). Then he moved into the Testing Center of Excellence when it was formed at Southern Company and transitioned from manual testing to automated testing. He also became product support/administrator for HP ALM, Performance Center, UFT, and Sprint.

Brent has been working with automated testing tools, mostly QTP/UFT, since 2011. In this time he created automated regression test suites for several desktop and web applications at Southern Company using UFT tests and BPT Components and created his own custom framework which has been used by 5 automated testers on 6 applications to date. Now his primary role is in the robotic process automation field where he architects the environments for production automation and has started developing automated processes to do production activities.

Brent, thank you for being our spotlight on a Volunteer for June! It is members like you contributing your knowledge and talent that makes Vivit the thriving IT Community that we are!

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